‘Newman: Meditation & Prayer’  Free Live Stream on Classic FM

Harry Christophers CBE and The Sixteen in Concert
Sir James MacMillan and Will Todd World Premieres
Readings from Classic FM’s Alexander Armstrong
Farm Street Church, London on 10 June 2021 at 7 pm

The Genesis Foundation announces a special concert inspired by the life and writings of Cardinal Newman, who was canonised as Saint John Henry Newman in 2019. Newman: Meditation & Prayer will take place at 19:00 on Thursday 10 June at Farm Street Church in London’s Mayfair (The Jesuit Church of the Immaculate Conception).

The concert will be live streamed on Classic FM’s Facebook page and available on demand for a month afterwards; it will feature the world premieres of two new Genesis Foundation choral music commissions by Sir James MacMillan and Will Todd, for Harry Christophers CBE and The Sixteen. Joining them will be broadcaster Alexander Armstrong, reading the words of Cardinal Newman and the poet and churchman John Donne.

Harry Christophers CBE, Founder and Conductor of The Sixteen, said:

“Whilst our programme Newman: Meditation & Prayer brings you the expectant thrill of two premieres, I have surrounded them by works spanning four centuries…..They remind us of the fullness of our British heritage, now made even richer by two brilliant new works based on Cardinal Newman’s A Meditation on Trust in God by Sir James MacMillan and Will Todd.”

John Studzinski KSG, CBE, Founder and Chairman of the Genesis Foundation, said:

“The timeless and moving words of Cardinal Newman’s Meditation deserve to reach a wide audience. These new musical settings will provide the ideal medium for its message over the coming months and years. Expressing a strong sense of the community of mankind as it reflects on our specific role in life, the Meditation is as relevant to people of faith as to people who profess to no belief at all….Newman’s Meditation reminds us that each moment of our life matters, and these new musical works will provide a powerful and resonant experience for one and all.”

Hear Will Todd talking about writing I Shall Be An Angel Of Peace

Robert Parsons (1535-1572) Ave Maria
O bone Jesu
Cardinal Newman      A Meditation on Trust in God
(reading: Alexander Armstrong)
James MacMillan (b.1959)  Nothing in Vain*
Fernand Laloux (1901-70)  Tantum ergo
Will Todd (b.1970)   I shall be an Angel of Peace*
with solo violin: Sarah Sexton
Christopher Tye (1505-c1573)   Agnus Dei (from Mass Euge Bone)
John Donne  So then, the Death of the Righteous,
from ‘A Sermon preached at White-hall 29 February 1627’
(reading: Alexander Armstrong)
William Harris (1883-1973)  Bring us, O Lord God (Based on words by John Donne)

*Genesis Foundation commission